Review the definitions for venue and change of venue on p. 53 of your text. “Occasionally, pretrial publicity may prejudice jurors located in the proper venue. In such cases, a change of venue may be requested so that a more impartial jury can be found. The courts generally frown on forum shopping (i.e. looking for a favorable court without a valid reason).” (Cheeseman, p. 53)
Do you agree or disagree with a defendant requesting that the court grant his/her motion for a change of venue when there may be too much pretrial publicity? Explain.